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What does urban living look like in the future? Join CAF and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) as we host a discussion with policy and design experts about the way our city and suburbs might change to become more livable in the coming decades.

$15 public
$10 CMAP members
$7 CAF members
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Growing preference for mixed-use communities, more jobs concentrating in downtown Chicago and an increased number of residents wanting to walk, bike or take public transit are a few factors transforming city neighborhoods and suburban downtowns. If these trends continue, what might our region look in 2050? Join our lively conversation with architects and experts in urban policy and planning to explore this question and more. This is part of CMAP’s forum series to discuss the agency’s ON TO 2050 Comprehensive Regional Plan.

Program Speaker: Geoffrey Baer

Geoffrey Baer

Geoffrey Baer is host and writer of WTTW Chicago's popular TV specials about Chicago architecture and history, including Chicago's Lakefront, Chicago's Loop: A New Walking Tour, Chicago by Boat: The New River Tour and more. He has also written and produced numerous other cultural and entertainment specials for local and national television, including the 10 That Changed America series, and has been a CAF docent since 1987.

Program Speaker: Tom Kirschbraun

Tom Kirschbraun leads Jones Lang LaSalle’s development and asset strategy practice in the Americas. His team is recognized as an industry leader in facilitating the redevelopment of infill real estates, with clients like Tribune Media, AT&T, Procter & Gamble, General Motors and BMO Harris Bank. Tom is a member of the Metropolitan Planning Council and the Urban Land Institute.

Program Speaker: Linda Searl

Linda Searl

Linda established Searl Lamaster Howe Architects in 1985, after working as an associate architect at Nagle Hartray and Associates. Her work includes university dormitories, churches, townhouses and apartments, office buildings, manufacturing plant renovations and a theater. Linda has served on the Chicago Plan Commission since 1997 and is past president of both Chicago Women in Architecture and the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Program Speaker: Joanna Trotter

Joanna Trotter

Joanna Trotter is The Chicago Community Trust’s senior program officer of economic and community development. She leads grant making to support equitable development, improve access to quality housing options and unlock the potential of local underserved markets. She has also worked for the Metropolitan Planning Council and served as director of neighborhood development for the University of Chicago’s office of civic engagement.

AIA/CES Credit: 1 LU
APA-CMS CM Credits: 1.5

  • Ticket price includes complimentary beer, wine or soft drinks.
  • Discount tickets are available with a valid student ID for $10 at the CAF Box Office.
  • CMAP members are invited to call the CAF Box Office (312) 922.8687 to register for the program at at the discounted price of $10.

assistive listening systemsThe Lecture Hall @ CAF is equipped with an FM Assistive Listening System. To request a receiver, with either a headset or neckloop, please inquire with a CAF staff member at the program.

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